As we look back over our lives of over 75 years and our nearly 60 years together, we marvel at how good our lives have been. Yes, we've had a few bad experiences: illness, most simply due to our age; some conflicts with people that were heart breaking, and the deaths of loved ones -- we each lost a sister just this year. But all in all we've had it pretty good. We've made it past the biblical 70 years and are now on our "extended warranty" (see also Psalm 90:10).
It would be easy to claim credit for all the good things in our lives. We could claim it's all due to our clean living, diet and exercise, a positive mental attitude, a close spiritual walk with the Lord, etc., etc. I suppose many in similar situations would do so.
But that would be a lie. I've violated most of the rules at one time or another -- actually quite frequently.
And there are those who could make the same claims, whose lives have been total disasters.
There are many who didn't wake up this morning in pleasant circumstances like ours. This past Sunday and Monday tornadoes struck just to the south and east of us. Monday's monster twister that struck the city of Moore, OK is now claimed to be the costliest ever in terms of material damage. Besides taking 24 lives it is estimated to have done two and a half billion dollars in damage. That's incomprehensible. It cut a swath two miles wide by 17 miles long. We are constantly barraged with TV images that are still difficult to wrap our minds around.
And the destruction was indiscriminate. The tornadoes did not distinguish between good and bad people between clean livers and dirty livers, between those who walk with the Lord and those who spurn Him.
So how can I say that God is good? Should I revise that to "God is good to me"? Should I add the qualifier "at least presently"?
We often ask, "Why do bad things happen to good people? We also ask, "Why do good things happen to bad people?" I suppose though that we really wonder why good and bad things seem to happen to good and bad people indiscriminately.
And then, I suppose our question might be, "Is God really good?" Would I say He's good if I woke up in different circumstances?
I don't know what I'd say. I do know that I can thank Him for all He's given me.
And I do know that in all the talk that's been going on, all the interviews conducted by TV reporters, we don't hear people question or blaming God. Could it be that those who have suffered can somehow see God's goodness in and through all this? It would seem so.